What correlates with ‘good school’?
February 10, 2013 10 Comments
I’m always on the lookout for research to support my half-baked ‘good schools = less non-Asian minorities in the school’ theory (please read that link before getting mad, I’m not putting this forth as a matter of my own preference per se), and this might be an example.
…student test score performance will be positively related to the percentage of school district revenues raised from local taxes and with salary levels of school district administrators
Is a high ‘percentage of school district revenues raised from local taxes’ just a proxy for ‘less non-Asian minorities around’? I don’t know, but it might be.
At that link the blogger points out that the causality might be reversed and the research might have just dug up a correlation. What my theory suggests is that all discussion of ‘good schools’ is plagued by this problem, because all factors everyone looks at are just proxies for something no one is able or willing to talk about directly.